The council leader and chief executive arrested in connection with a long-running police probe into two council joint ventures with BT have had their bail extended.
Liverpool City Council chief executive Ged Fitzgerald and Lancashire CC leader Geoff Driver (Con), along with the county’s former chief executive Phil Halsall and David McElhinney, who headed Liverpool Direct and Lancashire joint venture One Direct, were all arrested last month but released on police bail until 19 June.
The investigation is into the two defunct companies abd the four men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation. None of them have been charged.
A spokeswoman for Lancashire Constabulary told LGC all four men had had their bail extended until 23 August.
LGC previously reported how Mr Fitzgerald has voluntarily stepped aside from his role “until certain investigations are complete”. However Cllr Driver (Con) was elected Lancashire’s new leader after the arrests were made.
Mr Halsall left Lancashire CC in autumn 2013 by mutual agreement after an incoming Labour administration raised concerns about a One Connect contract. Mr Halsall was executive director of resources at Liverpool until joining Lancashire in 2010.
Mr McElhinney’s involvement in the joint ventures ended in 2015 when it was understood he received a £400,000 payoff.